Stock Media is a term used to convey graphics supplied by creators available to be licensed for a variety of uses. Types of stock can include photography, illustration, audio, video, code, fonts, or other media type — as well as advanced creations that combine multi-layered media.

There are many forms of licensing for stock with the most popular being royalty-free (pay once with attribution optional), creative commons commercial (free with attribution required), and free for commercial use (free without attribution required).

The cost can range from free to thousands of dollars for licensing depending on usage. Usage rights can be as simple as personal work (birthday card) to commercial broadcasting (radio and television).

It is important to only use resources that you have licensing for. Creators are protected by law and are able to pursue those individuals and companies illegally using their work.

If you do use free work, consider donating a few dollars from time to time to those photographers you patron through online stock photo sharing sites. Someone did create that artwork and was generous enough to share it at no cost to you even though you may directly or indirectly earn a return on it depending on your usage.

IMPORTANT NOTE: If you take an image from the internet (example: Google Images Search, Pinterest, Instagram, Facebook, someone’s website, etc.) and use it without permission — whether personally or commercially — it is considered theft.

Below is a small collection of stock sites to explore.


Fotolia by Adobe

A subscription and credit based royalty-free photo library with images, vectors, audio and footage.


A subscription and credit based royalty-free photo library with images, vectors, audio and footage.

123 RF

A subscription and credit based royalty-free photo library with images, vectors, audio and footage.



Free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. Community driven awesomeness.


Rawpixel is smashing stereotypes to create design resources that reflect today’s society as it really is. Their goal is to make a positive social impact on the world and have founded the (one) world face project. They offer free for personal and commercial use, as well as paid subscriptions. If you refer paying accounts, you get access to premium features.


Free images and videos you can use anywhere. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright free images and videos. All contents are released under Creative Commons CC0, which makes them safe to use without asking for permission or giving credit to the artist – even for commercial purposes.


all photos on Pexels are licensed under the Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. This means the pictures are completely free to be used for any legal purpose. 1. The pictures are free for personal and even for commercial use. 2. You can modify, copy and distribute the photos. 3. All without asking for permission or setting a link to the source. So, attribution is not required.


Currently creating hundreds of free vectors daily Discover our exclusive content! Find dozens of free vector graphics every day, all designed by Freepik. Must credit this source to use content for free. Monthly and annual subscriptions available to remove credit requirement.


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